Lightsource bp ushers in 100-MW solar farm in Alabama

Oct 21, 2022 10:30 AM ET
  • Lightsource bp, the UK-based, BP Plc (LON: BP)-backed solar designer, on Thursday inaugurated its 130-MW DC/100-MW AC Black Bear Solar project, one of the largest solar farms in Alabama.
Lightsource bp ushers in 100-MW solar farm in Alabama
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The solar park is in the process of commissioning as well as will be totally functional next month.

The project has a 20-year agreement with the Alabama Municipal Electric Authority (AMEA) to offer solar energy to its 11 member local energies. It is anticipated to save AMEA a minimum of USD 40 million (EUR 40.8 m) over the preliminary 20-year power agreement, working as a hedge against volatility in natural gas prices, the programmer stated.

"AMEA is saving money with a home-grown, renewable resource that assists us offer dependable, cost-effective power to our neighborhoods," commented AMEA head of state as well as chief executive Fred D Clark Jr.

"This project is a fantastic instance of how solar is a job engine for Americans," according to Kevin Smith, president of Lightsource bp Americas.

It features more than 280,000 panels from Arizona-based First Solar Inc (NASDAQ: FSLR), solar trackers from New Mexico-based Array Technologies Inc (NASDAQ: ARRY) and fundamental heaps from Mississippi-based Attala Steel. The building and construction process used more than 400 individuals.

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